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Night Mother

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Nominated for four Tony Awards and winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, ‘night, Mother is an eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play that explores the final hours in the life of a woman who has decided that life is no longer worth living.

As the rate of suicides rises in our community, 'Night, Mother' is a piece of drama we can't ignore. ‘The challenge always is to honour the playwright, bringing it all together so the audience understands the story and its message.’ says Cataldo.

This play tells the story of Jessie , an epileptic woman in her 40s who systematically prepares for her own death – and the frantic and touching efforts of her mother, Thelma, to stop her. The play, which unravels in real time over the 90 minutes, allows us an intimate window into the relationship between a mother and daughter torn apart by the devastating effects of depression. This compelling drama is touched with suspense as Thelma desperately tries to convince Jessie that life is truly worth living.

Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play pushes beyond our preconceptions of why people take their own lives and keeps us on the edge of our seats. As mother and daughter spend a high-stakes evening together, the ensuing debate -- sometimes quiet, sometimes tempestuous -- ultimately gives rise to some of our deepest, most personal questions about how and why we value life.

Jessie has decided that life is not worth it. And as she calmly announces and prepares for her own death, her mother will try anything to stop her. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build.

The story is particularly timely because of Octobers Mental Health Week 7 -14 October.

Featuring: Susannah Churchman and Caroline McDonnell and directed by Gino Cataldo

This show is suitable for ages 15+

Performance Dates: October 5 7.30pm, October 6 7.30pm, October 7 2.00pm,  October 11 7.30pm, October 12 7.30pm, October 13 7.30pm, October 14 2pm,  October 18 7.30pm, October 19 7.30pm, October 20 7.30pm 

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval

Times: Evening shows commence at 7.30pm, Sunday matinees commence at 2pm.  Doors open 45min prior to curtain.

Licensed bar. Venue: Old Mill Theatre, corner Mends St & Mill Point Rd, South Perth

TICKETS: $25 FULL PRICE, $20 CONCESSION CALL 9255 3336 OR BOOK ONLINE: www.whatson.com.au/oldmilltheatre 

‚Äč"…honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic, and…unmanipulatively moving…" —NY Magazine.

WA MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 7 – 14 October 2018 (https://mhw.waamh.org.au)


Friday, October 05 – Saturday, October 20, 2018


The Old Mill Theatre
Mends Street
SOUTH PERTH, Western Australia


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